The Kogi Central Senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Barr Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan has rejected the results of the election declared on Monday by the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC).
Natasha Campaign Organization in a statement said the PDP has rejected the results and called on INEC to review the results and declare her as the rightful winner of the 2023 Kogi Central Senatorial elections, stressing that “this is the only act that will ensure justice is done for the people of Kogi Central senatorial district.”
According to Natasha, the process was dogged by manipulations of the doctoring of figures, cancellation of polling units where she won, and invasion of many polling units by armed thugs loyal to APC.
She explained that the electoral processes in Okene local government were highly manipulated in connivance with the electoral officials.
“APC thugs invaded many polling units in Okene local government, chased out voters, and snatched ballot boxes which were filled in a private residence.
“APC, in collaboration with INEC officials, disregarded electoral guidelines, fraudulently rigged Okene local government area with a high number of over-voting. The results of the 11 Wards in Okene local government were highly doctored.
“The returning officer of Ajaokuta LGA was harassed and coarse by officials of Kogi state government and APC to cancel 12 polling units in Ajaokuta LGA where Nataaha Akpoti-Uduaghan won with a wide margin and declared the results of the 12 polling units inconclusive.
“In Okehi local government area, APC thugs invaded the three Wards of Oboroke Uvete, Oboroke Eba Ward I & II and burnt 20 polling units where Natasha won with high margin.”
Natasha won Ajaokuta with 1, 355 votes. To ensure the APC candidate is announced at all costs, the 1,355 votes lead in Ajaokuta was forcefully reduced to 878.
Despite the 12 polling units that were forcefully canceled and declared inconclusive in Ajaokuta LGA and the 20 polling units where the election did not hold in Oboroke, Okehi Local Government Area, the Returning Officer for Kogi Central Senatorial election was forced to announce the APC candidate as the winner with 365 votes leads.
The good people of Nigeria should know that the INEC guidelines were flagrantly disregarded in Kogi Central to subvert the will of the good people of Kogi Central.
It should be noted that the APC candidate was announced as the winner when 12 polling units with a high number of voters were declared inconclusive in Ajaokuta LGA and 20 polling units where the election did not hold in Oboroke, Okehi LGA, the statement added.
Natasha expressed appreciation to the good people of Kogi Central, who came out to vote for her despite the threats and intimidation and for standing firm in many areas, assuring them of recovering their mandate.